Events Archive 2019

Monday 11th November – Matthew Ruel accompanied the Mayor of Reading to Forbury Gardens where he sounded the ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ on the steps of the Forbury War Memorial at 11am


Sunday 10th November – Service of Remembrance, Forbury Gardens, Reading – 10am to 11.15am


Saturday 9th November – Reading ‘In Concert’ – 7:30pm


Sunday 20th October – ODBBA Entertainment Contest – All Day

Sunday 20th October 2019 was another historic day for the Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band. It saw the band enter the Oxfordshire & District Brass Band Association’s Entertainment Contest, not as an ungraded band, but as a band registered nationally in the fourth section. The band’s efforts in the rehearsal room and delivery on the contest stage saw Duncan Beckley award first prize for music to the Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band. Proudly, the band is the 2019 Oxfordshire & District Brass Band Association Winter Contest (Unregistered Section) and Entertainment Contest (Lower Sections) champions.


Sunday 8th September – Forbury Gardens Bandstand – 3pm to 4:30pm


Saturday 31st August – Reading Pride, King’s Meadow, Reading – 12pm to 2pm


Saturday 27th July – 126th Annual Show of the Stoke Poges, Wexham & Fulmer Horticultural Society in the grounds of Stoke Poges School – 1pm to 4pm


Sunday 14th July – Special concert with guest soloist Tom Hutchinson, Principal Cornet of the world famous Cory Band, The Bulmershe Auditorium, Woodley – 3pm


Sunday 2nd June – Forbury Gardens Bandstand – 3pm to 4:30pm


Sunday 5th May – Reading Festival of Brass, Michael Malnick Centre, Reading – 2:00pm


Saturday 23rd February – ODBBA Winter Contest – All Day

The band enjoyed a somewhat historic day under the baton of its Musical Director David Ruel when it entered the unregistered section of the Oxford & District Brass Band Association’s Winter Contest. This marked the end of a 35-year absence from a local association brass band contest. Adjudicator Phillip Littlemore awarded the band first place for its performance of ‘St. Andrew’s Variations’ by Alan Fernie who also presented the ‘Best Instrumentalistaward to the band’s principal euphonium player Michael Fowkes.